I've lived here for about 25 years. My kids could walk to the beach and boogie board. It is more laid back than other beach towns. San Clemente has charm and style yet is a practical small city to live in at the same time. We have all the stores one needs, an industrial area tucked away, a car wash etc. but also gourmet restaurants and fine boutiques. The weather is so nice you will want take advadntage of our numerous sidewalk view patio restaurants. The peer is very nice with a popular place to eat at the entrance. You will fall in love with San Clemente. The schools are great and the crime is low. We do have a freeway running through town if that would bother you. It does make it easy to zip here and there. If you like Spanish style homes (our town theme) and palm trees everywhere, please come and check out our great town.